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Springboks: this time, will experience win the Webb Ellis?

It’s that time again, once in four years, when the whole nation becomes euphoric with anticipation of triumph for their side in a sporting event. For those not in the know, The Springboks will be participating in the Rugby World Cup, a tournament they are always considered “favourites” or counted amongst the “favourites” on the […]

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BEE produces 31% of SA millionaires

While ordinary individuals are on the fringes of BEE transactions, failing even to get crumbs, through aggressive networking and strategic business moves, a select of smart individuals continue making an outrageous fortune. According to the 3rd annual wealth report on South Africa, entitled the “South Africa 2015 Wealth Report”, published by New World Wealth, there […]

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Obituary: ‘Shoes’ too big to be filled

By Sanjeev “Mahatma” Gupta I still replay, vividly John ‘Shoes’ Mosheu’s bicycle kick in the semi-finals of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations against much fancied Ghana, a continental soccer power house then just as it now. In an instance, the team that boasted of Tony Yeboah and Abedi Pele, was stunned. Moshoe replicated the […]

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White players underrepresented in soccer: should quotas be introduced?

  The call for the transformation of predominantly white sport codes – or those perceived to be so – so that they are representative of the country’s racial demographics has been deafening. Mostly it is either rugby or cricket. But, what appears to be ignored from transformation discourse is the conspicuous absence of white players […]

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Cricket: a quota of controversy

  By Sanjeev “Mahatma” Ghandi To South Africans high profile global sporting events are like a drug which they take to forget seething issues bothering them, fleetingly. And, after a semblance of unity and non-racialism, where South Africans of all races patriotically behind their team, fades the old problems resurface furiously. Once again this has […]

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Proteas’ victory vindicates Russel Domingo’s appointment

Those of us who follow cricket religiously should be aware that the national cricket team, the Proteas have defied the chockers tag and qualified for the semi-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, against popular expectation. Beating Sri Lanka, the bookmakers’ tournament’s favourites, was not even in many a pundits’ imagination. The Proteas were supposed […]

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Neil Tovey: Leading a victory that transformed a divided nation

The image of Neil Tovey hoisting high the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations trophy flanked by an ecstatic Nelson Mandela and the late Minister of Sports, Steve Tshwete, will always remain imprinted in the minds of soccer loving South Africans. This was no an ordinary occasion: it was symptomatic of two men committed to healing […]

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Local coaches should learn from single-minded ‘Shakes’

  There is some ‘Sir Alex Ferguson’ trait in the 2015 soccer Africa Cup of Nations bound, Bafana Bafana Coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba. Like the legendary former Manchester United Manager, he is his own man, known by those close to him to be religiously disciplined and someone who demands the same from his squad of […]

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Sterner tests await new black African Protea

    His is purely a selection of convenience. It might be argued that had the regulars been match fit he would not have even touched the much coveted Proteas’ jersey. 1,448 days and 30 tests since a black African was last part of the Proteas, understandably, Temba Bavuma sticks like a sore thumb; the […]

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Introduce Life Skills 101 for black soccer players

    The dust is settling after Senzo Meyiwa’s untimely death a fortnight ago. Naturally, the incident hogged media limelight mainly because it involved a prominent figure in society – soccer in particular – at the time when his country needed  his services the most to qualify for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. But as […]

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